The Port of Long Beach

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Now that is a big ship -- from the Los Angeles Times:
Mammoth cargo ship arrives at Port of Long Beach
The largest cargo container ship to ever dock in the Americas made a fog-shrouded first voyage into the Port of Long Beach on Friday morning, sending a message to competitors that Southern California can handle the giant vessels most others can't welcome for at least two more years.

Out by the breakwater, it looked as though a man-made island had sprung up overnight, but the dark shape was a vessel called the Fabiola, gliding very slowly toward port.

The Fabiola is one of a new generation of vessels that can carry 11,000 or more containers, favored by ocean cargo lines because packing more freight boxes onto each ship lowers costs.

"She's way beyond our previous record for size," said Dick McKenna, executive director of the Marine Exchange of Southern California, which logs the arrival and departure of all ships calling at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the nation's largest seaport complex. "This is quite a significant jump for us."
11,000 containers -- that is big. Since the ship only sails in the Pacific Ocean, there is no need for it to fit through the Panama Canal. She is 366 Meters long which is a hair over 1,200 feet. 48 Meters (157 feet) wide. More info and current position here: MSC FABIOLA

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